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'''Howard Phillips Lovecraft''' (;"Lovecraft". ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''. August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Among his most celebrated tales are "The Call of Cthulhu", canonical to the ''Cthulhu Mythos''. Never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor, Lovecraft saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in progressively straitened circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time he died at the age...
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PseudonymLewis Theobald
Humphrey Littlewit
Ward Phillips
Edward Softly
Birth nameHoward Phillips Lovecraft
Birth date{{birth date|1890|8|20|mf=y}}
Birth placeProvidence, Rhode Island, United States
Death date{{death date and age|1937|3|15|1890|8|20|mf=yes}}
Death placeProvidence, Rhode Island, United States
Resting placeSwan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
OccupationShort story writer, editor, novelist, poet
Period1917–1937
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